The Ups and Downs of Bulldog Baseball

By Christy Suggs

Week 6 RR faced off with some tough teams and finished the week with 3 wins 1 loss.

3/28 St. Mary’s 1 Vs. RR 2

Both teams were strong on the hill but RR came out on top defeating St. Mary’s 2-1. Tyler Hughes allowed just four hits. Things got moving in the first inning when Ryder Hogan singled on a 3-2 count scoring two runs. Hughes took the win for RR pitching 7 innings, allowing 4  hits and 1 run while striking out 10 and walking 0.  Hughes, Hogan and Luke Williamson each collected one  hit to lead the Bulldogs.

3/31 Double Header against Mansfield means double win.

19-3  Red River managed a win even through a big push by Mansfield in the fourth inning. The Bulldogs fired up the offense in the first inning, when Chris Carper singled on a 1-1 count, scoring 2 runs.  RR tallied 8 runs in the fourth inning. The rally was led by singles from Trenton Grigg and Kenneth Lazarus, by John Dickey and Luke Williamson, a walk by Tyler Hughes and a triple by Eli Harper. Ryder Hogan pitched, allowing only 2 hits and 0 runs over 3 innings, striking out 5 and walking 0. Lazarus threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.  Lazarus recorded the last 3 outs to earn the save.  Red River Bulldogs Varsity had nine hits in the game. Grigg and Carper each managed multiple hits. Carper and Grigg each collected two hits to lead the Red River Bulldogs. Bulldogs Varsity tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Hughes led the way with four.

Game 2 RR 14- Mansfield 5

Red River Bulldogs Varsity weathered a scare by Mansfield in the fourth inning where the  Bulldogs coughed up three runs, but still won 14-5. The big inning for Mansfield came thanks to a groundout by Jeremy Youngblood and an error on a ball put in play by Jalon Ebard .

The Bulldogs got things moving in the first inning, when Terrell Gary singled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs. They tallied six runs in the third inning. Kenneth Thomas, Pierce Kellogg, Jacob Kellogg, and Jayden Stewart each drove in runs during the inning. John Dickey earned the win. The ace lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out seven. Ethan Williamson threw two and a third innings in relief out of the bullpen. Williamson recorded the last seven outs to earn the save for Red River Bulldogs Varsity.

RR collected 11 hits Kellogg, Hunter Tingle, and Gary each managed multiple hits. Kellogg went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead in hits. Red River Bulldogs Varsity stole 11 bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Tingle led the way with three.

4/2 RR 0 vs. Minden 10 The Bulldogs had trouble keeping up with Minden. One error led to many and they just couldn’t get going.  One bright spot was a double by Pierce Kellogg in the first inning. Jackson took the win for Minden. The hurler lasted five innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out seven and walking zero. Tyler Hughes took the loss for the Red River Bulldogs.. He  allowed two hits and six runs over three innings, striking out two and walking one. Kellogg led Red River Bulldogs Varsity with one hit in two at bats.

Coach Reed had this to say about the games against St. Mary’s, Mansfield and Minden.” St. Mary’s win was a state championship caliber win. A Huge victory for this young team. The Minden game isn’t something you want to happen but needs to happen, a little reality check before this last stretch of the season. The game showed where we are weak and I think the adjustments we made Sunday will help prevent a breakdown like we had (against Minden).

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